posted by Lois on .
Is is "the two countries lay on opposite sides of the world" or "the two countries lie on opposite sides of the world"? I can't remember how to use those stupid lay/lie verbs. =( Thanks!
"Lay" needs a direct object when it's in the present tense.
Well, it could be "lay" if you mean that sentence in the past tense!! But if it's in present tense, use "lie."
The lie/lay verbs are the most confusing in the English language. Within another generation or two, I expect that the usage will change and there will no longer be a difference.
In your sentence, the correct verb is LIE.
To refresh your memory,
LIE means to recline or exist.
The two countries LIE on other sides of the world.
Yesterday I LAY down for a few hours.
I have LAIN down and napped for a few minutes each day.
LAY means to put.
I will LAY the scissors on the counter.
Yesterday I LAID my keys on the dresser.
I have LAID my keys somewhere and can't find them.
Thank you =)
You're very welcome. :-)